A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to write a post on my view of the current revolution that’s going on in Pakistan. Since I’ve been paying close attention to the events that have unraveled since August, my opinion is pretty biased and doesn’t reflect the views of any foreigner that gets his/her sources from the mainstream media. Therefore, I’ve decided this post will be written from that point of view not mine.
For starters, most foreigners have absolutely no idea there’s some kind of uprising or political unrest occurring within Pakistan. However those that do have an idea on the situation within the country will say that there have been some protests but nothing major. They’ll say that there hasn’t been any kind of real social uprising.
Another statement that is common regarding this situation is the belief that the term “revolution” doesn’t really apply to Khan’s and Qadri’s movement because what the two are doing are simply stirring unrest within the country and they aren’t proposing solutions and if they really wanted to make the country better why don’t they just wait until the next election to try to amass the majority of the votes in order to change things.
And the final claim usually made in this regard is that Khan and Qadri are back by militants, which is why they’re taking over buildings with no repercussions and have been able to stay out on the streets for so long.
As I originally said, these aren’t my views but simply an echo of foreign views in regard to the matter at hand. The statements are short and perfectly clear; and that is due to the simple fact that, right now, the world doesn’t care about Pakistan’s internal affairs.
So how do you make the world care and see that this movement isn’t just a political tantrum by two people who didn’t win in the elections?
Simple: You make the media listen to you.
In this globalized technological world, everything and everyone is connected somehow – which is why it can be hard to be heard, but once you’re heard no one can silence you and the world cannot ignore you anymore and it will be forced to take some kind of action. Whether it is by exerting pressure in the current regime to step down or issuing sanctions to the country, something will be done. Now, this is not an easy task but it can be done. The ground mobilizations are crucial for the success of this movement but what’s also important is the social mobilization as well.
With all the chaos that’s going on in this world it’s hard to keep track of every uprising and oppressive regimes going on. However, if ANY revolution wants to be successful – especially a nonviolent one -, it is of utmost importance to get international attention AND the international media’s support. With the media’s support the government can no longer act oppressively without repercussions.
And, in my opinion, I would start working intensely on gathering international support because right now this revolution looks more like a political tantrum than an uprising.